2005 Volkswagen Polo S55 1.2 from UK and Ireland


Beautiful, but with dark problems


- EGR valve.

- No 2 cylinder (needed reconditioning).

- Fuel vent valve.

- Rear windscreen wiper.

- Rear reverse light switch.

- Clutch assembly.

- Front bushes.

- Hard wearing on front tyres.

- Interior gets grubby after about 80k km of use, plastics peel, compartments jam.

- Other reliability issues such as cutting out at speed occasionally, but not total electrical cut off (so maybe not as bad).

... A lot of things, it does seem to be the luck of the draw though... Volkswagen isn't overly interested in your concerns either after the warranty expires.

General Comments:

Really nice car aesthetically, but really has a lot of mechanical issues. 3 cycle engine was the worst decision ever made. Real cost has been about 3k in repairs over eight years, on top of servicing, and heavy brake and front tyre wear, which is excessive.

It's a nice car, but aim for 4 cylinders under 90k km with no faults and looking pristine inside and out, because if driven often, it will wear (I have a friend who has the same model, with 95k km over the same period with less issues).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th February, 2013

2005 Volkswagen Polo Trendline hatchback 1.4 petrol from South Africa


Well priced bargain of a car!


Air conditioning did not work but was fixed days later by dealer besides that nothing has gone wrong with car.

General Comments:

The car offer a smooth and comfortable ride.

Interior is nice and modern.

Seriously good buy but just go for the 1.6 or higher.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th March, 2008

2005 Volkswagen Polo Hatch 1.4 1.4 petrol from South Africa


Stylish city mover


Cigarette lighter got broken, but was replace free of charge by dealer.

General Comments:

This car is a nice neat package if your on a tight budget

Great value for money for the car your getting

Its not that fast since it's a 1.4, but will get you from point A to B swiftly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th December, 2007

2005 Volkswagen Polo 1.0 petrol from Egypt


Excellent car



General Comments:

Engine sound very loud, the car is very economic and very reliable.

I crashed the car once, and when it was fixed, nothing rattled and I didn't hear any weird sounds.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2006

2005 Volkswagen Polo Standard 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland


Avoid this model at all costs


The Electronic Petrol Control (EPC) light came on, on the very first day I bought the car, and this problem has continued since. As a result, the engine behaves erratically, and either loses power completely, or the car takes off at full throttle. Either way, an emergency stop is necessary, and this happens practically every day!

The car has been back on five occasions for repair under warranty, to no avail. This car is a major disappointment, although it is comfortable and well built. My previous Polo (1999 model) in comparison, was totally faultless.

General Comments:

The dealer is always courteous etc., but seems unable to fix the problem.

I would never buy a VW car again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th July, 2006

2005 Volkswagen Polo S 1.2 64bhp from UK and Ireland


Good Jazz alternative with amazing interior quality, but that's it


Car is too new!

General Comments:

For a 64bhp engine it is quite powerful especially from 0-40mph, but it revs very highly (3600rpm at 70mph) and the red line is just 5800rpm. The engine can be too gruff and this coupled to road noise which is more pronounced than in most volkswagens means its not great for long journeys- even our Peugeot 106 is a quieter car. The ride is also too firm-I think the cheap Kuhmo tyres that VW fit may be to blame. The drive train is smoother than in Honda's and Mazda's though- this is particularly evident in stop start traffic, making city driving impressively easy.

Spec is adequate given the price. The Polo is definitely not the most stylish small car, like most Volkswagens it has a bland shape with little design flair. The interior however amazed me at how sturdy it felt and the plastics and switch gear are top notch. The blue and red dash lights are nice at night, but spoilt by a cabin that is typically drab being black on black and with no sunroof it's pretty gloomy.

Handling is acceptable rather than entertaining, with numb, dull steering, but it is ever so competent. If VW's were as reliable as they used to be and as reliable as Japanese cars it would have more in its favour.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th November, 2005

14th Feb 2007, 04:45

I own a 2005 model Polo with a 1.4litre engine. Bought it second-hand within a year of its manufacture, and am driving it in the UAE.

Although I have been happy with the car, I have a problem which developed around 45K (currently it is on 75K). The auto transmission jerks at low speeds when the car switches from 1st to 2nd gear. This happens every time. What could the problem be? The dealer thinks (what else?) there is no problem with the car. Anybody have similar problems? Any ideas on the solution?

4th Apr 2007, 07:00

I have a similar car, but no complaints so far.

19th Apr 2007, 06:28

How do you rate the airconditioning?

22nd Aug 2008, 16:10

Hi, the air con can be hard to adjust, and maintain temperature. Better off without it as it smells later on with age. Use the windows.

Again a totally overrated Volkswagen, the humble Ford is still the best...